The Best Natural Shampoos That Work Just as Well as Traditional Formulas

Victoria Hoff

While my beauty routine is by and large all-natural, I'm admittedly pretty lax about the occasional chemical or toxin in my skincare and makeup. I don't use those products on the regular, but I also don't mind testing things out. Not so when it comes to my strands: If I am annoyingly meticulous about the formulas that touch my hair, it's only because it took several years of going product-free for my mane to fully recover from a lifetime of abuse.

When I decided to go "no-poo" three years ago, I was amazed to see that the hype surrounding the regimen was largely true. My strands became glossy and, for the first time in my life, frizz-free. The fact that I was nourishing and transforming my hair with simple pantry staples (apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and coconut oil) was addictive; it was ultimately the catalyst that drove me to an all-natural beauty routine. But a year and a half down the line, I started to tire of the "quirks" in the routine—getting occasional whiffs of vinegar while at the office was a deal-breaker in itself. I craved the convenience of shampoo again. Still, I was extremely wary of reintroducing products after I had made all this progress. 

Then, while working on a story about Shailene Woodley's very crunchy beauty routine, I called in some products from her favorite brand, Canada-based Living Libations, including its Sea Buckthorn Shampoo. I finally went for it and was immediately hooked. Next thing I knew, I had acquired Rahua's all-natural formula—another winner. I was officially no-poo no longer—and loving it.

Nowadays, many things about me and my beauty regimen have changed, but my steadfast attention to hair ingredients remains the same. I'm basically convinced that any chemical exposure from my home products will instantaneously undo years of healing—something I recognize is not exactly rational, especially considering I've gotten my hair colored many times during this period. But I am certain that my strands look their best when I'm using clean formulas, and that's the MO I'm sticking with. And thanks to my day job and a rapidly advancing natural beauty market, I've accumulated quite the roster of amazing shampoos that I know will always get the job done. Keep reading to see my tried-and-true favorites. 

Have any favorite all-natural formulas that we missed here? Call them out in the comments below. 

Opening Image: Anthropologie

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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